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  • Water main break, geyser flood UCLA campus, strand motorists

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major water main ruptured underneath a street near the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, unleashing a 20-foot-tall geyser and millions of gallons of water that flooded part of campus and stranded motorists on nearby streets. The water…

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  • Europe could show way for clog maker Crocs' revival

    By Emma Thomasson BERLIN (Reuters) - The success of Crocs Inc in Europe, where the U.S. shoemaker has focused on its trademark colorful foam clogs rather than branching into other products, proves the brand has a future despite difficulties at home, its European head said. Crocs, founded in…

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  • Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

    By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - City officials in crime-ridden Baltimore on Tuesday defended plans for one of the toughest U.S. youth curfews against criticism from residents who were skeptical about police enforcement of the new law. In a forum with residents, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake…

  • Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue: report

    By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 2009 law that raised federal taxes to discourage smoking cost the U.S. government billions of dollars in lost revenue as manufacturers relabeled products and consumers shifted to cheaper pipe tobacco and large cigars, the U.S. Government Accountability…

  • Most Americans see unaccompanied immigrant kids as refugees: poll

    (Reuters) - Some 70 percent of Americans think the United States should provide temporary support and housing for unaccompanied Central American minors who illegally cross into the country while their cases undergo review, according to a poll released on Tuesday. Across political leanings and…

  • PG&E charged with obstruction in San Bruno natgas blast probe

    (Reuters) - A federal grand jury for the Northern District of California charged PG&E Corp on Tuesday alleging it obstructed the investigation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the deadly San Bruno natural gas explosion in 2010. The indictment alleges that the company…

  • U.S. sues Pennsylvania state police, alleging sex discrimination

    (Reuters) - The federal government sued Pennsylvania and its state police force on Tuesday, alleging that physical fitness tests required of prospective state troopers discriminated against women, court documents showed. The suit, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in…

  • Former U.S. POW Bergdahl soon to be questioned by Army general

    Freed U.S. prisoner-of-war Bowe Bergdahl is expected to submit to questioning next week by the U.S. Army general probing the circumstances that led to the his 2009 capture by the Taliban, Bergdahl's attorney said on Tuesday. Bergdahl, an Army sergeant, was introduced to the investigating officer,…

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  • University of Texas picks admiral over Dallas Fed president for chancellor

    (Reuters) - The University of Texas said Tuesday its Board of Regents picked U.S. Admiral William McRaven as sole finalist for the position of chancellor, passing up Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher who was also reported to have been a candidate. The university made the…

  • U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

    By Doina Chiacu and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search. The bill, which has…

  • Last U.S. crew member of Hiroshima bomber dies -reports

    Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia at age 93, media reports said. Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight that dropped the first…

  • Appeals court rules Mississippi abortion law unconstitutional

    By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi law that would shut down the state's only abortion clinic, forcing women to go outside the state for the procedure, is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. Upholding a lower court's preliminary injunction against the…

  • Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Northern California man who refused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis has been arrested and admitted to a local hospital under guard, law enforcement and local health officials said on Tuesday. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was…

  • U.S. charges Canadian antiques dealer with smuggling wildlife

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - An antiques dealer in British Columbia was indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Tuesday for smuggling into Canada more than $500,000 of wildlife items, including rhinoceros horns and sculptures made from elephant ivory and coral, U.S. prosecutors said. Xiao Ju…

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  • Expert testimony on Michigan porch shooting sheds light on gun

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A state firearms expert gave testimony on Tuesday that potentially challenged a statement by a white suburban Detroit homeowner that he shot dead a black teenager when his shotgun accidentally discharged. Theodore Wafer, 55, has been charged with second degree…

  • Naked woman slashes three during Pittsburgh-area street fight

    By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Pennsylvania authorities were searching on Tuesday for a woman who, apparently nude, stabbed and slashed other women in a street fight at a public housing complex outside of Pittsburgh. The brawl on Monday was captured on cell phones and security cameras,…

  • Colorado court tells county to stop issuing gay marriage permits

    By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's top court ordered the Boulder County Clerk on Tuesday to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples while it considers an appeal by the state's attorney-general who says a ban on same-sex nuptials remains in force. The clerk,…

  • U.S. Oak Ridge lab to Southern employees: 'Y'all talk just fine'

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Hey y'all, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee said on Tuesday it will not try to get Southerners on its staff to disguise their distinctive drawls. Some Southern-born employees at Oak Ridge objected to a "Southern Accent Reduction" training program, and…

  • NCAA to settle head injury suit with $70 million fund

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of student athletes in a move to change the way colleges address sports safety, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. The class-action…

  • U.S. consumer confidence jumps in July

    U.S. consumer confidence jumped in July to a monthly high not seen since October 2007, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 90.9 from a upwardly revised 86.4 the month before.

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